Shopping idea in Alsace : Dame Bougie, local and artisanal candles !

by | Feb 28, 2023 | Shopping | 0 comments


I discovered Dame Bougie, aka Sylvie, through my work! Her workshop is located in Altkirch and it is there that she makes beautiful candles…but also fondants, hearts, kougelhopfs to melt, of all colors and almost all scents: fruits, flowers, sweets, drinks, etc. The opportunity to do some shopping and to discover how to make a candle!

First step: the wax! Sylvie uses different types of soy wax to make her candles and to obtain the most suitable texture according to the product. She also has the particularity of making the wicks of her candles herself, and it is quite a process. To make it simple, we use cotton coils, which we cut and which we “prime”: that is to say that we coat them with wax so that the cotton ignites correctly and durably. Then comes the coloring of the candles, with liquid dye or pigments.

As for the perfumes, they come from Grasse and are specially designed for candles, mixed in an oily solution. And you can feel it! The smells are a real delight.

All the cooking is done in a water bath, and it’s all a question of temperature and dosage. The dye is put on by the drop, and a mistake in heating can alter the candle. Sylvie did a lot of tests and research before getting to this point, but it’s a real passion!

Would you like to know more? Visit the backstage upon request: you will discover Sylvie’s workshop, her creations, and as a bonus, the multiple tools she and her family thought of to make her candles…personally, I was amazed!

My favorite product: the little wax kugelhopf, which I have already offered to many friends! I think it’s great, and it’s 100% artisanal 🙂 as for the flavors, I love the Malgache (spicy vanilla) in winter and Lemonade in summer.

I liked

  • The different candles, especially the kougelhopfs to melt
  • Discover the candle making process

I liked a little less

  • Nothing!

Photos of Dame Bougie’s workshop

Practical information

Where to find Dame Bougie candles?

You can find more information and buy candles online on the Dame Bougie website.

Find Sylvie’s products:

  • at her home, 28 Avenue du 8ème régiment de Hussards in Altkirch
  • at the Sundgau Tourist Office, offices in Altkirch (30 rue Charles de Gaulle) and Ferrette (1A rue de la 1ère Armée)
  • at the craft store L’étincelle, 130 rue de la République in Guebwiller
  • at the Grenier des Créateurs, 11 rue de Belfort in Montbéliard

To visit the workshop, contact Sylvie directly 🙂


By car

The address is: 28, avenue du 8è Régiment de Hussards in Altkirch. You have to count:

  • 20 km from Mulhouse (about 30 minutes)
  • 65 km from Colmar (about 55 minutes)
  • 135 km from Strasbourg (about 1h30)
By public transport

From the Altkirch train station, it’s a 15-minute walk. You can calculate your route on Fluo Grand Est.



Charlotte aime sortir, se retrouver autour d'un verre ou d'un bon plat avec ses amis, et se balader ! Le dimanche, c'est journée "randonnée" à la découverte des circuits pédestres Alsaciens. Sur les hauteurs ou dans les champs, il y a de quoi faire dans notre belle région !


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